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Can someone please explain bone pain in leukemia? If CBC blood work was normal, can I still. Have leukemia?

Can someone please explain bone pain in leukemia? If CBC blood work was normal, can I still. Have leukemia?

Leukemia...: Leukemia is an uncontrolled proliferation of malignant cells in the bone marrow. The marrow is composed of bone with marrow spaces. In leukemia, these marrow spaces become overpopulated by leukemic cells which compress the normal bone marrow structures, causing pain. Rarely, the cells cannot get out of the marrow and the WBC/CBC will be normal: an aleukemic leukemic. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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Do anti-inflammatories cover up the bone pain symptoms of leukemia?

Possible : It is possible that bone pain associated with leukemia can be masked by antiinflammatories. However, you do not have to have bone pain to have leukemia. In fact many people do not have pain. Most have fatigue. Every situation is different. ...Read more

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Had normal CBC w/diff 5 weeks ago. Could leukemia have developed in that time? I'm having some bone pain and worried. Can it develop in 5 weeks?

EVIDENCE?..: What evidence – other than "bone pain" – do you have to suspect leukemia? Is your "bone pain" really a bone pain, or something else? It may feel like bone pain, but it can fool you (and sometimes can fool a doctor). ...Read more

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When someone with leukemia get's symptoms such as bone pain and bruising, how bad would it be on a scale from 1-10?

Depends: That is a difficult question to answer since different people experience pain differently. The pain scale we typically use is a subjective scale. What might be a three for one person could be a seven for another person. The best use of the scale is to judge an individuals response to pain treatment interventions. ...Read more

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When someone with leukemia has symptoms such as bone pain and bruising, how bad would the pain be on a scale from 1-10?

1-10: Impossible to tell without further information. Pain, bleeding, or other problems may run the spectrum from very mild to life threatening. If this is you or someone you know, make sure the oncologist knows what is going on so he/she can help. ...Read more

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6 weeks bone pain (long bones, pelvis, ribs) taking codeine+tramadol, worse at night, night sweats + chronic mild/moderate neutropenia. Risk of lukemia?

6 weeks bone pain (long bones, pelvis, ribs) taking codeine+tramadol, worse at night, night sweats + chronic mild/moderate neutropenia. Risk of lukemia?

Possibly: Your symptoms are not necessarily indicative of leukemia and may be caused by other clinical situations; however, prolonged bone pain in a young individual is a reason for concern and should be investigated. Consulting with your physician and performing several laboratory tests including a CBC is recommended. ...Read more

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How does leukemia affect bone marrow?

How does leukemia affect bone marrow?

Yes: Leukemia is a cancer of blood cells and almost by definition includes the bone marrow. I can't think of an exception to bone marrow involvement in leukemia (although maybe some case report does exist...). ...Read more

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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
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Bone Pain (Definition)

Depending on who is using the term, bone pain can be used to describe a pain that seems very deep, as opposed to something more superficial, or the term can be limited to pain that arises from the bone itself. There are other potential causes of deep pain other than pain from the bone including pain from a pinched nerve ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more